The Kanawha County Board of Education went to court to discontinue funding the library. After they won the case, what happened to the $3 million?
Now they are asking for an additional $130 million over five years, that's in addition to the $280 million currently received from citizens.
The facts are that there are 28,000 students in the Kanawha County school system. There are more than 3,700 employees on the payroll, including administrators, teachers and support staff. One could conclude there is a problem with overstaffing, especially in the administration section.
The teachers make up only 61 percent.
Should the uncapped excess levy pass, the citizens of Kanawha County will receive an increase in their real estate taxes. Those homeowners with an assessed value on their home of $100,000 will have an increase of approximately $450 per year in addition to what they currently are paying.
The folks living in rental property will receive an increase in their rent due to the fact rental property will have an increase in the property taxes of $900 per $100,000 of assessed value.
The working citizens that face the increasing cost of living cannot afford an additional cost of living increase.
The Board of Education must live within its current budget. The board is spending $10,800 per student.
Vote "No" Nov. 9, and require the responsible expenditure of our tax dollars by the Kanawha County Board of Education.
Fred H. Joseph
Joseph is chair of the Kanawha County Republican executive committee.